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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Batman Begins
« on: June 28, 2005, 02:43:14 PM »
I saw it this weekend and liked it a lot.  But I definitely could have done without all the martial arts chop-socky stuff, that has NOTHING to do with Batman.  Is there such a dearth of imagination out there that every film fight has to be this over-choreographed kung fu garbage?  Jeesh, it was stale when Charlie's Angels was doing it.

For a Few Dollars More / Re: One million Dollars
« on: June 21, 2005, 12:32:00 PM »
I'm sure he just went to the bank and had them cash in the gold for some of them thar paper dollars.  Coulda rolled up just a hunnert of these babies and stuffed the wad in his pants:

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Tuco and the extasy
« on: June 21, 2005, 08:13:04 AM »
Two hypothesis: is he a gay or was told to keep his arms half raised by Leone? 

Re the former - Perhaps Wallace made him his bitch and gave Tuco some rough prison lovin'? I've heard rumors the censors made SL cut this lurid scene, we'll have to wait for the Director's Cut Limited Special Edition  :o

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Quentin Tarentino and GBU
« on: June 18, 2005, 04:17:29 AM »
"Mr. Majestyk" kicks serious ass - it used to be on heavy cable rotation but seems to have disappeared.  Rights must be tied up or something.   I love Al Lettieri, he was one of the best heavies in the 70's - he was great in "The Getaway" too.  He was fading by the time he got to "Next of Kin", not as menacing.  But, sharing the screen with Swayze probably doesn't bring out your best performance (unless you're Ben Gazzara).

Little off topic but "Telefon" has been showing up a lot lately -  "the woods are lovely, dark and deep..."  :o

Sergio Leone News / The Good, The Bad, and the Me
« on: June 18, 2005, 04:06:28 AM »
Eli Wallach has his autobiography out, by the name of the title he knows what side his bread's buttered on:

This is from the NY Times book review:

In My Anecdotage.
By Eli Wallach.
Illustrated. 312 pp. Harcourt. $25.

ELI WALLACH'S essential screen character is a curiously lovable combination of slyness and bluster, often enough Hispanic, Asian or Italian. His function -- in 97 films so far, counting television movies -- is to pose a comically sneaky, occasionally comically brutal threat to the hero before getting a poetically justifiable comeuppance in the final reel. There's something uncalculated, even sometimes something pre-moral and childlike in these whirlwind performances, and it's hard to reconcile Wallach's work as characters named Tuco or Pietro with the fact that he grew up a nice Jewish boy in Brooklyn -- his parents kept a candy store on Union Street -- or with the fact that he presents himself, in life, as an open, sunny, genially boisterous character, without a scheming bone in his body. ..

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Eastwood on War
« on: June 13, 2005, 08:54:51 AM »
To put the politics in context keep in mind the movie was made in 1967, the height of the Vietnam war.  That war was as popular in Europe as the war in Iraq.   

Leone's movies were always casting a cynical eye on the golden image of the US created by Hollywood, especially the westerns.  He certainly wasn't going to let the American ideal of self-righteous and morally virtuous warriors go by without comment.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: La Dolce Vita
« on: May 25, 2005, 09:54:12 AM »
His style is unique, I can't think of anyone similar off the top of my head - most certainly nothing like Leone.  Leone is more of a traditional linear Hollywood storyteller, Fellini is much more hallucinatory and surreallistic.  David Lynch maybe, without the macabre?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: La Dolce Vita
« on: May 24, 2005, 12:51:48 PM »
Fellini is pretty tough slogging.  LDV is the only one I've managed to watch from beginning to end, but it took me 3 nights to get through it.

La Strada I didn't like much, got through a half hour of that.  Satyricon and I Vitelloni same thing.   His style doesn't hold up too well IMO.   But let me know how you like 8 1/2, is it better than 9 1/2 Weeks?

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: some questions
« on: May 18, 2005, 07:25:05 AM »
Welcome 5rings;

As you can see from other posts in this section, OATIA is open to many different interpretations.  But, here's my take on the Q's you posed:

1)  I always asssumed he was just acting dumb
2)  That means Jimmy CleanHands has cast his lot with the mob.
3)  I think Max, Cockeye and Patsy know.  Fat Mo doesn't.
4)  Fat Mo seems pretty clueless about everything.  His ignorance is the only thing that's kept him alive.

The scene of Angel Eyes at the Confederate fort, however, seems to add a lot to the picture. We get not only plot info (why it is that AE later shows up at the Yankee fort), but several themes are touched on that will recur throughout the movie (and by "themes" I'm including one that's musical). We get another look at the results of the war, we see another dog, etc. We also get some more great camera work.

I think AngelEyes at the fort is great film, BUT I can see why they cut it.  This scene makes AE sympathetic, you see a human side to him.  Every other scene he's this unholy avenger from hell, like a Terminator - I prefer him being one-dimensional, unadulterated, unconscionable badass.   AngelEyes is one the all-time great movie villains, any genre.  "I'll ask the questions!" 8)

A Fistful of Dollars / Re: Don Miguel Rojo
« on: May 13, 2005, 01:29:38 PM »
Yes, you definitely need to get the face-to-face interview.  Flatter him, tell him he has a face that belongs on Mt Rushmore:

A Fistful of Dollars / Re: Old Mexican Proverb
« on: May 11, 2005, 08:53:53 PM »
Okay Nobody, you started it with the Old Mexican Proverbs - "Don't cut your cactus in a neighbor's garden."  The filthy studios cut this precious bit of Manco's dialogue, but it should show up in the special boxed edition director's cut of FOD due out in 2008.

And more fruit from the tree of Mexican wisdom:

Hello Gentlemen, I have returned - like Dave Kingman coming back to hit 500 homers, I had to take a few more swings from the heels and get to 400 posts.   My apologies, was doing mucho travel for work and on top of that some utter a**holes had invaded this site and made it quite the unpleasant neighborhood.  Thank you very much Christopher for stepping in and cleaning out the riffraff  ;D

A Fistful of Dollars / Re: Don Miguel Rojo
« on: May 11, 2005, 06:21:51 AM »
Take a deep breath and try and be calm when you speak to him.  Just think - what if your hand should shake a little, and that gringo so fast on the draw?

A Fistful of Dollars / Re: Don Miguel Rojo
« on: May 10, 2005, 08:55:57 AM »
Of course I`ll tell him that. I know there are a lot of people who want details about A fistfull of Dollar

When you see him, make sure he clearly understands that sometimes a man's life can depend upon a mere scrap of information. 

For a Few Dollars More / Re: Guy Callaway
« on: February 05, 2005, 06:01:01 AM »
Is It me or does Guy Callaway look absolutly nothing like his Wanted poster in Tucumcari.
He doesn't even have a moustache, and his hair ..well!!!

At least  Baby Cav and Indio looked something like themselves but Guy could have been anyone in the world.
....Well almost

I've got a theory - SL probably had already cast someone as Guy Callaway and had the Wanted poster printed up to resemble him. 

Then he probably saw someone on the location crew who reminded him of this haunting Velasquez painting he'd once seen, and he said - "Halto, Halto!  We're putting this guy in the movie instead!"   

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